Eyes on the Road: The Challenges of Safe Driving

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There are three types of distractions while driving: Manual, visual, and cognitive.

Manual: taking your hands off the wheel.

Visual: Taking your eyes off the road.

Cognitive: Taking your mind off of driving.

All three of these distractions can lead to serious injury or even death.

Get the Facts:

660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving at any given moment in the day.

25% of motor vehicle accidents are a result of being distracted from changing the radio station.

84% of pet owners travel with their pets in automobiles.

70% of people admit to eating while driving.

50% of teens use their cell phone while driving, both to talk and to text.

Nearly 50,000 cyclists were killed or injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2011.

7.3 million red light violations occur each year as a result of distracted driving.

How to Drive Safely:

Put your phone on silent to avoid temptation or put it in the backseat or glove compartment. If you need to make a call, pull over where it is safe.

Make sure you get enough sleep before a long drive.

Eat before you go – leave enough time to get ready and to have a decent meal before heading out on a long road trip. If you need to stop for food or a drink, pull into the closest rest area.

Obey speed limits and traffic signals. Maintain a safe distance from the other vehicle around you.

Talk to your kids about safe driving habits. Most importantly, demonstrate safe driving habits and set a good example for your teens.

Check out this infographic to learn more.

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In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP